LOCATION, DATES AND MAIN CONFERENCE WEBSITE

The 4th MC meeting of the COST Action TU1404 will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 12-14 September, 2017 in conjonction with the 2nd International RILEM/COST Conference on Early Age Cracking and Serviceability in Cement-based Materials and Structures – EAC 02 organized by Prof.Stéphanie Staquet (ULB) and Prof. Dimitrios Aggelis (VUB). Further information can be found with this link EAC 02 . This International RILEM/COST Conference follows the RILEM International Conference on Early Age Cracking in Cementitious Systems (EAC’01) organized in March, 2001, in Haifa, Israel, by Prof. Konstantin Kovler. The EAC’01 conference was dedicated to early age cracking in cementitious systems, one of the most prominent topics tackled by COST Action TU1404. Therefore, we cordially invite colleagues concerned about early age cracking, serviceability and related durability aspects in cement-based materials and structures, to join us on September 12-14, 2017 at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the European Union, a place with a rich history and vibrant activities situated in the heart of Europe.

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OBJECTIVES

Knowledge and understanding of the properties of cement-based materials and alternative materials for sustainable concrete (alternative binders, alkali activated materials, recycled materials, biosourced materials, alternative supplementary cementitious materials) and structures behaviour with particular focus on concrete performance from early ages can contribute to improved design, execution planning and quality control ultimately resulting in higher quality of the final concrete structure. Experimental techniques and numerical simulation methods are increasingly being used as a valuable supplementary tools in the execution phase of concrete structures and serve as an efficient means towards achieving environmentally friendly and cost effective concrete structures. The conference will serve as a platform for dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge about the most recent research and practice developments in experimental and numerical approaches and to bring together those concerned about early age cracking, serviceability and related durabilty aspects in cement-based materials and alternative materials for sustainable concrete and concrete structures.

ORGANIZING AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
Chair
  • Stéphanie STAQUET (ULB, Belgium)
  • Dimitrios AGGELIS (VUB, Belgium)
International organizing committee
  • Miguel AZENHA (UMinho, Portugal)
  • Farid BENBOUDJEMA (ENS Cachan, France)
  • Violeta BOKAN-BOSILJKOV (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Laurie BUFFO-LACARRIERE (LMT Toulouse, France)
  • Terje KANDSTAD (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
  • Agnieszka KNOPPIK (Silesian University of Technology, Poland)
  • Konstantin KOVLER (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Sreejith NANUKUTTAN (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
  • Emmanuel ROZIERE (ECNantes, France)
  • Dirk SCHLICKE (TUGraz, Austria)
  • Marijana SERDAR (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Mateusz WYRZYKOWSKI (EMPA, Switzerland)
Local organizing committee
  • Jérôme CARETTE (ULB, Belgium)
  • Marie-Paule DELPLANCKE-OGLETREE (ULB, Belgium)
  • Geert DE SCHUTTER (UGent, Belgium)
  • Markus KÖNIGSBERGER (ULB, Belgium)
  • Pieter MINNEBO (VUB, Belgium)
  • Eleni TSANGOURI (VUB, Belgium)
  • Danny VAN HEMELRIJCK (VUB, Belgium)
  • Brice DELSAUTE (ULB, Belgium)
Scientific Committee
  • Dimitrios AGGELIS (VUB, Belgium) (Chair)
  • Miguel AZENHA (UMinho, Portugal) (Chair)
  • Farid BENBOUDJEMA (ENS Cachan, France)
  • Hans BEUSHAUSEN (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Violeta BOKAN-BOSILJKOV (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Laurie BUFFO-LACARRIERE (LMT Toulouse, France)
  • Jérôme CARETTE (ULB, Belgium)
  • Özlem CIZER (KUL, Belgium)
  • Nele DE BELIE (UGent, Belgium)
  • Brice DELSAUTE (ULB, Belgium)
  • Arnaud DERAEMAEKER (ULB, Belgium)
  • Geert DE SCHUTTER (UGent, Belgium)
  • Terje KANDSTAD (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
  • Agnieszka KNOPPIK (Silesian University of Technology, Poland)
  • Markus KÖNIGSBERGER (ULB, Belgium)
  • Konstantin KOVLER (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • David LANGE ( University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Pietro LURA (EMPA, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Sreejith NANUKUTTAN (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
  • Masayasu Ohtsu (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • John Popovics (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Emmanuel ROZIERE (ECNantes, France)
  • Dirk SCHLICKE (TUGraz, Austria)
  • Marijana SERDAR (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Stéphanie STAQUET (ULB, Belgium) (Chair)
  • Eleni TSANGOURI (VUB, Belgium)
  • Svetlana VERBRUGGEN (VUB, Belgium)
  • Mateusz WYRZYKOWSKI (EMPA, Switzerland)
Conference Secretariat
  • Bertrand BLONDEAU (ULB, Belgium)
  • Isabelle TOUSSAINT (ULB, Belgium)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This conference is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of relevant results and various activities of Action members but also from researchers, PhD students, or industry specialists external to this COST Action. The conference will serve as a platform for dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge about the most recent research and practice developments in experimental and numerical approaches and to bring together those concerned about early age cracking, serviceability and related durabilty aspects in cement-based materials and alternative materials for sustainable concrete and concrete structures. The conference language is English.

VENUE

The conference will be held at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles ULB, Campus of Solbosch, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 42, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, see building R42 on the map Campus of Solbosch.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The conference welcomes both experimental and numerical studies relevant to the whole life time of the cement-based materials and alternative materials for sustainable concrete (alternative binders, alkali activated materials, recycled materials, biosourced materials, alternative supplementary cementitious materials) in the wide field of monitoring of early age chemical and mechanical properties, modeling of the microstructure development, cracking mechanisms. The topics include but are not limited to the following list of topics.

WG 1 -Testing of CBM 
  • Fresh properties and setting
  • Non-destructive monitoring of hydration and cracking
  • Chemical and microstructural characterization
  • Transport properties and boundary effects
  • Mechanical properties and creep
  • Volume stability (autogenous shrinkage, drying shrinkage, restrained shrinkage)
  • Fracture properties and cracking
  • Advanced experimental techniques
  • Experiences gained so far in the extended Round Robin Testing programme (RRT+)
  WG 2 -Modeling of CBM and behavior of structures
  • Microstructural modelling
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Macroscopic modelling
  • Probabilisitic modelling
  • Durability and Transport modelling
  • Benchmarking calculations
  • Experience gained so far in the benchmarking activities
WG 3 -Development of products and recommendations
  • Qualification and development of devices for testing and monitoring concrete at early age
  • Development and qualification of software and design methodologies for concrete at early age
  • Development and revision of recommendations and standard to prevent/control early age cracking and related durability issues

Before being able to submit your abstract (max: 250 words in a pdf file), you will need to register as event participant on the web site of the conference EAC 02. To do this, you will need to go to the button REGISTER HERE of the web page REGISTATION and click. Then, you will receive confirmation email with further login information. Then, you can login afterwards (click link in the email) and upload your abstract.

Please note that a normal paper should have a maximal lenght of 6 pages whereas a plenary paper should have a maximal lenght of 8 pages.

FULL PAPER SUBMISSION

It is mandatory for all presentations to be included in the final programme, that a full paper (min. 4 pages, max. 6 pages for normal paper and max. 8 pages for plenary paper) is submitted by May 31, 2017

The proceedings will be published by RILEM Publications S.A.R.L., Paris, France.

Please note that for a selection of papers presented at the EAC2 conference, the authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in a Special Issue of the Construction and Building Materials International Journal intitled « European TU1404 COST Action, Early Age Cracking and Serviceability in Cement-based Materials and Structures » that will be of course published after the conference. It is an International Journal dedicated to the investigation and innovative use of materials in construction and repair (Elsevier, Science Direct, Impact Factor : 2.421). The selection committee is composed by the members of the International Organizing Committee of the EAC2 conference.

Detailed information related to the submission of the full paper will be available on the web site of EAC2. Please note that for the submission of your full paper, you will have to upload the original file (the word one with the original figures), the pdf of the full paper and the signed copyright transfer agreement.

REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL COST BY COST

COST organization provides a certain amount of financial means for organizing such conference. An estimated budget of 863 EUR per person will allow more than 70 participants to be reimbursed. This includes the accommodation costs, the meals, transport expenses, etc. For more information about travel reimbursement request please visit the following webpage.

Since the Core Group of the Action, the GP leaders and the MC members are automatically included in the list of people to be reimbursed, that means that there are up to about 40 remaining seats with reimbursement by COST for people with a status of COST TU1404 member. These 40 remaining seats for reimbursement will be given to highly suitable applicants being author and having the notification of the acceptance of one abstract to the conference EAC 02.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 7, 2017: Abstract submission NEW deadline.
April 24, 2017: Notification of acceptance of abstract and opening of the registration.
May 31st, 2017: Submission of full paper and early bird registration deadline.
July 7, 2017: Notification of acceptance of full paper.
July 31, 2017: Final registration deadline.
August 21st, 2017 : Submission of revised full paper.
September 1st, 2017 : Notification of acceptance of revised full paper.
REGISTRATION
Participant Categories Early Bird Registration (31st May 2017) Final Registration (22 July 2017)
TU1404 COST member only* Fully subsidised by the TU1404 COST Action Fully subsidised by the TU1404 COST Action
Additional option 1 (equivalent to an upgrade to a regular conference participant with an electronic version of the book of proceedings) for TU1404 COST member only € 300 € 350
Additional option 2 (equivalent to an upgrade to a regular conference participant with a hard copy of the book of proceedings) € 350 € 400
PhD student TU1404 COST member only*, ** Fully subsidised by the TU1404 COST Action Fully subsidised by the TU1404 COST Action
Additional option 1 (equivalent to an upgrade to a regular conference participant with an electronic version of the book of proceedings) € 250 € 300
Additional option 2 (equivalent to an upgrade to a regular conference participant with an hard copy of the book of proceedings) € 300  €350
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

The participants are expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The recommendations will be posted on the webpage of the conference EAC 02 in due time.

LEAFLET
The leaflet is available via this link for download.
CONTACT

For more information, please have a look into the webpage of the conference EAC 02 and you can also contact sstaquet@ulb.ac.be (Stéphanie STAQUET) or Dimitrios.Aggelis@vub.ac.be (Dimitrios AGGELIS).